State of public relations education in the United States: 2006 report on a national survey of executives and academics

Marcia W. Distaso, Don W. Stacks, Carl H. Botan

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Abstract

A survey of 312 public relations executives and educators examined how well practitioners and instructors perceive public relations students to be prepared for the practice, the content and value of public relations curricula and, the future of public relations education in the United States. Results are largely consistent with those from a slightly smaller 1998 survey, suggesting that the views of both groups are consistent over time and providing the first two data points in what it is hoped will develop into a longitudinal line of research addressing public relations education. Judgments regarding the desired characteristics among job applicants and essential curriculum content were extremely similar between the practitioner and educator groups with both wanting more emphasis on research, ethics and strategic planning as the field moves from a low-paid technical emphasis toward a much better paid strategic planning and research emphasis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)254-269
Number of pages16
JournalPublic Relations Review
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009

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  • Communication
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Marketing

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Distaso, Marcia W. ; Stacks, Don W. ; Botan, Carl H. / State of public relations education in the United States : 2006 report on a national survey of executives and academics. In: Public Relations Review. 2009 ; Vol. 35, No. 3. pp. 254-269.
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